Eric Swalwell, full name Eric Michael Swalwell is an American attorney and political personality serving as the U.S. representative for California’s 14th congressional district since 2023. Swalwell is a member of the Democratic party, and has served as co-chairman of the House Democratic Steering Committee since 2017.
Eric Swalwell has recently been thrust into the controversial spotlight after he was removed from the House intelligence panel by Speaker Kevin McCarthy following reports surfacing that accuse him of being involved with a suspected Chinese spy thereby putting American security in a compromising position.
The following article will present a detailed summary of Eric Swalwell’s life, including his biography, education, family, wife, physical appearance, net worth, ethnicity and the controversy surrounding his alleged involvement with a suspected Chinese spy.
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Eric Swalwell Biography
Eric Swalwell was born on November 16, 1980 in Sac City, Iowa, and raised in Dublin, California. His parents are Eric Nelson Swalwell and Vicky Joe Swalwell, and are Republicans. Eric is the oldest of four siblings. Swalwell’s father was a police chief in Algona, Iowa during his early childhood years. As a child, Eric Swalwell suffered from Bell’s palsy. Fearing the paralysis would never get cured, he wore an eyepatch to treat the condition.
Eric graduated high school from Wells Middle School and later Dublin High School in 1999, following which he went on to attend Campbell University in North Carolina through a soccer scholarship. During his sophomore year at Campbell, Swalwell broke both his thumbs in 2001, thus ending his scholarship. He was later transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in government and politics.
Swalwell later earned his juris doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2006.
Swalwell made his political debut as an unpaid intern for U.S. representative Ellen Tauscher, representing California’s 10th congressional district. He announced his candidacy for California’s 15th district in September 2011 and emerged victorious in the general election with 52.1% to 47.9% of the vote. He has held the position till date.
Eric also served on the House Intelligence Committee until recently; he was removed from the panel by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Age, Height and Weight
Eric Swalwell is 42 years old and his height and weight are 6 feet and 194 lbs respectively, as cited by reports.
Religion, Nationality, and Ethnicity
Eric Swalwell’s nationality is American and his ethnicity is White. He was raised in a Catholic household and his religious identity is Christian.
Eric Swalwell Wife and Children
Eric Swalwell has been married twice; he and his first wife parted ways after a divorce. He then married Brittany Ann Watts in October 2016. The couple have 3 children; 2 sons and a daughter.
Eric Swalwell Net Worth, Salary, Earnings
Eric Swalwell has a net worth estimated at roughly $2 million dollars.
According to reports, his annual salary is approximately $174 thousand dollars. Swalwell has made most of his earnings through his career as a prominent political personality.
Eric Swalwell Chinese Spy Controversy
Swalwell has been a subject of backlash and intense scrutiny following reports alleging his involvement with a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang (who also went by Christine Fang).
Fang worked closely with Swalwell’s campaigns playing a key role in raising substantial funds for Swalwell’s House re-election campaign in 2014 and convincing several wealthy donors to make hefty donations for his campaign.
The suspected Chinese spy left the US abruptly in mid-2015 during an ongoing investigation into her activities headed by the US intelligence department.
Swalwell has so far not been accused of any wrongdoing by authorities. He also severed all ties with Fang when he learned about the investigation into her activities.
In a recent interview, when Swalwell was asked if he ever put himself in a situation with Fang where American secrets could be compromised, he replied saying, “Absolutely not.”
“Don’t take my word for it. Take the FBI’s word for it. They never talk about ongoing investigations. And former Chairman [Adam] Schiff knows this, as a member of the Gang of Eight. Three different times, they came out and said two things. All I did was help them, also, I was never under any suspicion of wrongdoing,” he added.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eric Swalwell’s net worth?
Eric Swalwell’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million dollars.
Where did Eric Swalwell go to high school?
Eric graduated high school from Wells Middle School and later Dublin High School in 1999.
Who is Eric Swalwell’s wife?
Eric Swalwell is married to Brittany Ann Watts; they tied the knot in October 2016 and have 3 children.
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